Archive for September, 2015

The Racing Extinction Challenge
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The Racing Extinction Challenge

Nightmares of varying degrees characterize quite a few of this week’s openings. Peace Officer looks at cops wit big guns running amok. Racing Extinction looks at the ways human activity is sparking a sixth mass species extinction. Goodnight, Mommy, the must-see horror film mixes isolation and macabre tension. For those who prefer something a little […]

"The Iron Sheik" And Other IFF Offerings
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“The Iron Sheik” And Other IFF Offerings

A documentary about American wrestling legend The Iron Sheik is just one of the films screened as part of this weekend’s Iranian Film Festival San Francisco (hereafter IFF). This year’s IFF is the eighth edition of the first independent (as in not associated with any government or religious organization) film festival outside Iran dedicated specifically […]

Junipero Serra's Royal Road
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Junipero Serra’s Royal Road

Jenni Olson’s new documentary “The Royal Road” has a timely screening thanks to Pope Francis’ visit. The pontiff has made 18th century missionary Father Junipero Serra a saint. The popular mythology has it that Junipero Serra founded California through establishing his mission system, and acted as benevolent protector of California’s Native Americans. As Olson discusses […]

Welcome Back, Zhang Yimou
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Welcome Back, Zhang Yimou

This weekend’s art film openings are dominated by new offerings from some very familiar names. Johnnie To brings a musical about corporate corruption with the legendary Chow Yun-Fat playing one of the villains. Francois Ozon’s adaptation of a Ruth Rendell story will tweak sexually conservative viewers’ comfort levels. But the big opening of the weekend […]

Richard Gere Goes Homeless
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Richard Gere Goes Homeless

No complete winner among this week’s openings. Aviva Kempner’s documentary on Julius Rosenwald and his amazing philanthropy towards the African-American community will definitely make you believe in humanity’s potential for goodness. Richard Gere provides the high profile among this week’s openings with his starring turn as a homeless man trying to escape the streets of […]

The Tribe Of Steve Jobs
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The Tribe Of Steve Jobs

Alex Gibney’s critical documentary portrait of late tech innovator Steve Jobs is this long weekend’s most high profile film opening. However, make time to catch an acclaimed tale of brutality set at a school for the deaf. Or for those seeking lighter fare, a comic drama about class barriers getting thrown into disarray would be […]